Doron Wolf born in Israel 1976,
Lives and works in Haifa, Israel
2011-2012 M.F.A. Department of Visual Arts, Haifa University, Israel
2006-2009 B.E.D “Oranim College Art Institute ” School of Fine Arts and Education, Israel
Wolf is a figurative painter whose work focuses on classical themes such as portraits and still life with a contemporary perspective to light and the relationship between painting and photography. Presented in numerous exhibitions in Israel and around the world
My painting work combines fragments from the history of art with biographical marks and themes from my personal life. In the works I connect high and low contacts and through them raise questions about originality, as well as about the tension created between quick photography and a slow and lingering painting. Through these questions, I view the contemporary lifestyle from my private life’s perspective and examine the changing reality.
The artistic language of my works is of figurative painting with classical materials of oil on a canvas. The process of the work is of a slow and meticulous painting done using small brushes, opposed to the sources of inspiration created from the pictorial connection of several images that were shot quickly, “snapshot”, using the “smartphone” or collected from the web. I deliberately view reality through intermediaries and not directly, influenced by the digital culture in the contemporary era flooded with visual images. The paintings juxtapose an atmosphere of everyday household domestics scenes with people, animals and culturally-charged images from the worlds of art and pop culture.
The light in the painting is electric and artificial, distorting the image, creating a sense of drama and resonance paintings from the past. I look for lighting conditions that are either excessive or insufficient in a way that impairs viewing. Another central object in my work is the mirror, which is also found in some of the works I quote. The reflections of some of these works in the mirror create an infinite threading of the image, thus reinforcing questions about originality, simulacrum, identity and on the observation of a mediated and split reality.
In my paintings I refer to “Vanitas” and domestic interiors paintings from the 17th century. The interiors I paint are homely and personal spaces or museums and public spaces. Recently, I started creating a series of interior paintings inspired by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, emphasizing the relationship between the imprisoner and the prisoner, between man, nature, and the environment. In this series, groups of people are depicted looking at dioramas in which stuffed animals are placed in a panoramic landscape setting in a dark museum space. I tried to produce with the work a kind of encapsulation of natural, archaic and futuristic cultures, all in one, and a sense of freezing in time between the natural and the artificial.